If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we're here to help, and that includes explaining how the different appliances work. Chances are, the first thing you thought of when you heard the word orthodontics was metal braces. These are known as conventional fixed braces and this is how they work.
What are conventional fixed braces?
Braces consist of small metal brackets which are bonded to the front of your teeth. These are connected with a thin wire, known as an archwire, which is held in place with elastic bands. Fixed braces are an effective and popular way of realigning teeth.
How do fixed braces work?
The archwires of fixed braces are integral to this orthodontic appliance. They apply the gentle pressure required to move your teeth into the desired position. Fixed braces give us more control over your teeth than a removable brace or aligner, thus allowing us to achieve precise and accurate results.
Are fixed braces still the best treatment option?
Fixed braces are synonymous with orthodontic treatment and have been producing excellent smiles for years. For this reason, this tried and tested method continues to be a popular choice with our patients.
The conventional braces we offer also tend to be more affordable than other treatments and are available on the NHS for those who are eligible. We even offer a full range of coloured elastic loops at no extra charge for those who would like a more colourful brace.
For good brace care, download our fixed brace instructions.
Frequently asked questions
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry which concentrates on straightening the teeth and aligning the jaws. This is done while assessing overall facial profile and symmetry.
How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist?
If you suffer from crooked teeth, spacing issues or bite problems, then you could most likely benefit from the expertise of an orthodontist.